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Bernoulli’s Principle

Type: Book Chapter

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Summary: In this lab, students will use a little background information about Bernoulli’s principle to figure out how the spinning of a moving ball affects its trajectory. The activity is inquiry in that students will be discovering this relationship on their...

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Blow-by-Blow Inquiry: Students use their minds and lungs in this engaging inquiry activity

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: To promote the spirit of science as inquiry, this article presents an engaging activity that capitalized on students’ interest in the homerun-hitting race between professional baseball players Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Third-grade students were encouraged...

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Commentary: Budget Science

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: Every student should be provided with high quality teaches who provide high quality instruction in support of student learning and achievement. So then the question is, “How do we make that happen?” Basically, there are two strategies that teachers can...

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Editor's Corner: May You Live in Interesting Times!

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Summary: As the 2004-2005 began, science teachers were faced with unprecedented challenges. Limited budgets were stretched to the breaking point. The mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), state and national standards, and high-stakes testing required teachers...

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Making Mendel’s Model Manageable

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Summary: Genetics is often a fascinating but difficult subject for middle level students. They can see the results of genes in every organism, but trying to visualize what happens at the level of genes is challenging for concrete thinkers. This activity presents...

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Materials Repurposed

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: Few teachers find themselves with the support to purchase all of the materials they ideally need to supply their classrooms. Buying one or two simple, ready-made items can put a serious strain on anyone’s budget. However, materials for science in the...

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Materials Repurposed: Find a Wealth of Free Resources at Your Local Recycling Center

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Summary: By looking at the function and purpose of any piece of equipment, a creative teacher can find a suitable replacement for many premade science materials, sometimes from the most unlikely places. This chapter features a few of the recyclable items the authors...

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Science Sampler: Frugal equipment substitution—A quick guide

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: Is your school on a shoestring budget? If so, learn how to
s—t—r—e—t—c—h it further by using the amazingly clever, economical substitutions shared by a veteran teacher in this article. This quick guide will help you to provide more hands-on activities...

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Science Sampler: Modeling the transmission of sound

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Summary: Sound can travel through solids, liquids, and gases. This activity models how sound travels faster through solid materials than through gases.

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Science Sampler: Science on a shoestring—How to stock your shelves with free and inexpensive science materials

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Summary: Most of us have experienced the frustration of limited school science budgets, and many of us have had to resort to repeatedly dipping into our own personal funds to finance the material needs of our classrooms. With a little time and effort, you can...

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Scope on Safety: Greener is cleaner, and safer

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: Indigenous people of many continents have practiced the concept of going"green" for centuries--you should too! Green chemistry, or sustainable chemistry, substitutes nonhazardous chemicals for those that pose high risks, thereby reducing the quanties...

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Someone’s in the Kitchen with Science

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: The kitchen is a natural source of science exploration and a great place for young children to develop and practice their science process skills. These easy-to-do activities require few materials, address the National Science Education Standards,...

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The Case of the Missing Music

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: From Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew to the countless other detectives that fill children’s bookshelves and television programs, it is clear that children are fascinated with solving crimes. As a result, a chemistry professor who performs outreach activities...

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Using Easy-Bake Ovens to Teach Chemistry

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: After participating in an internship at the American Institute of Baking, the author developed an innovative way for students to explore basic chemistry concepts through bakery science. An Easy-Bake Oven is a quick and safe oven that is perfect for the...